London, SW6 6EA
Free to all
A Grade I listed building on the banks of the River Thames.
Fulham Palace was the residence of the Bishop of London for over 12 centuries, starting out as a country retreat before being used as his official home in the 20th century – continuing up until 1973. The building dates between the 15th and 20th centuries, including a Tudor courtyard and great hall, a Victorian chapel and Georgian and Gothic additions.
The museum charts the long history of the Fulham Palace site, from Prehistoric times and Roman settlement, through Medieval, Tudor, Georgian and Victorian bishops to the present day.
On display are grand portraits of past residents and monarchs, coins and pottery that prove that Romans settled along the Thames riverbank and a series of everyday objects that reveal the history of how people lived, worked and played at Fulham Palace. Among the archaeology exhibits is a mummified rat.
The palace has exhibitions of contemporary art in the gallery, a restored walled garden and a collection of rare trees. The ancient evergreen oak is estimated to be at least 450 years old and is a Great Tree of London. It may have been planted by Bishop Grindal (1559-1570), who sent grapes grown at the palace to Elizabeth I each year.